Tokyo: A Tokyo civic group has said that it has succeeded in getting an electric car to run
1,003.184 kilometres without a recharge, far surpassing the world record the group achieved last year.
The Japan Electric Vehicle Club said it will ask Guinness World Records to officially recognise the journey, completed at an auto racing driving course in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Prefecture yesterday, as the world`s longest.
It said the vehicle, which was equipped with Sanyo Electric Co`s lithium-ion battery system, ran for about 27 and a half hours until around 2:30 pm (local time) yesterday, at a speed of about 40 km per hour. A total of 17 people took turns at the wheel.
Guinness World Records has officially recognised a 555.6 km run by an electric car operated by the same group from Tokyo to Osaka last November as the longest journey by electric vehicle without recharging.